Meet Our Fellows

 Current Fellows

Barbosa Felipe Barbosa: Felipe went to medical school at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil. After graduation, he earned a Masters of Health Sciences degree in Tropical Medicine. His research in Brazil was focused on Chagas disease. He completed his residency at MetroWest Medical Center in Massachusetts. He is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. He is interested in neglected diseases and  HIV/HCV in underserved populations.
Epstein Rachel Epstein: Rachel completed a Master’s degree in Biology with a focus in bioinformatics at Wesleyan University and obtained her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College. She completed a combined Internal Medicine / Pediatrics residency at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University / Rhode Island Hospital, and is board certified in both fields. She is the first fellow to train in a combined adult and pediatric Infectious Diseases fellowship program at BMC. She is interested in clinical research in HIV with a particular focus on transitioning adolescent and young adult patients, and she plans to enroll in the BU-CHART program.  She also has interests in global health and women’s health/contraception/STIs.  In her free time she enjoys running, biking, tennis/squash, photography, travelling, and sharing her baking endeavors.
Gallegos -photo Jaime Gallegos Salazar: Jaime obtained his Medical Degree from The Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Peru in 2009. He did a research fellowship at the Motion Analysis Laboratory at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston, MA in 2011-2012, and completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at Georgetown University/Washington Hospital Center Medstar in Washington, DC in 2015. His areas of interest include antibiotic stewardship, and tropical diseases.
Ruihong Luo: Ruihong obtained her medical degree from Sun Yat-sen University in China. After graduation, she was a physician of infectious diseases and meanwhile worked on different kinds of clinical research in an academic hospital in China before immigrating to the U.S. Before her residency training in University of Nevada School of Medicine, she was a researcher at University of California Irvine and focused on database studies. She is interested in epidemiologic studies of infectious diseases, especially the hospital infection control, antibiotic stewardship and emerging diseases.
Memon-photo Babar Memon: Babar received his medical degree from Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan. He then attended the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Control of Infectious Diseases. He completed his medicine residency at Carney Hospital, an affiliate of Tufts University School of Medicine. His research interests include nosocomial infections and multi-drug resistant bacteria. His hobbies include traveling, watching sports and spending time with his family.
Obiokoye Kenechukwu Obiokoye: Kenechukwu obtained his medical degree from the College of Medicine, University of Nigeria and completed his residency in  internal medicine at the Harlem Hospital Center in New York City. He is committed to a career in public health and in studying health disparities. He hopes  to complete a Masters of Science degree in Epidemiology. He is interested in Hospital Epidemiology, HIV and emerging diseases.
Thornton Amanda Thornton: Amanda received her undergraduate degree in Biology at Harvard University and graduated from Dartmouth Medical school.  She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Kaiser Permanente Oakland and is enthusiastic about integrated health care systems.  She is interested in antibiotic stewardship, healthcare-associated infections and the history of medical care systems.  She has published a paper on the medical care offered to slaves in 18th century Jamaica as described in the journals of Thomas Thistlewood.  She will be studying the interactions between Clostridium difficile and obesity as her primary research project.

Research Fellows

Acuna-Villaorduna Carlos Acuna-Villaorduna: Carlos earned his medical degree from Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru. He was a research fellow at “Alexander Von Humboldt Tropical Medicine Institute” before starting his medicine residency at Georgetown University/Washington Hospital Center. He completed a Master’s degree in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is interested in the mathematical modelling of infectious  diseases, as well as tuberculosis and antibiotic stewardship. Carlos is a huge soccer fan and follows the British Premier and UEFA Champions League passionately.
Richards Morgan Freiman: Morgan obtained her medical degree from the University of Nevada and completed her medical residency at Boston Medical Center.  She is currently completing a Masters of Science degree in Epidemiology at the Boston University School of Public Health and is a member of the  BU-CHART and CREST programs. Her research focuses on clinical outcomes among HIV/HCV coinfected patients, and she is currently examining extra-hepatic manifestations of inflammation among this population. She is also interested in health care disparities among rural communities, and  improving access to care with use of tele-medicine.
Linsenmeyer  Katherine Linsenmeyer: Katie received both her undergraduate and medical degree from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. She then went on to complete an internal medicine residency at Boston Medical Center. Katie is now pursuing the Antimicrobial Stewardship/Healthcare Epidemiology track within the fellowship. Her primary research project pertains to resistance patterns of, and physician prescribing for, multidrug-resistant gram-negative organisms with at the VA.
Osman Sara Osman: Sara received her MBBS degree at the University of Khartoum, Sudan. She completed her residency at St Elizabeth’s Medical Center a Tuft’s university affiliated  hospital. Sara is now a post-doctoral research fellow at BMC as part on the BU-CHART program and is a member of the BU-CHART and CREST  programs. She is currently completing a Master of Science degree in Epidemiology at the Boston University School of Public Health. She is interested in global health and latent tuberculosis infection and transmission in the  developing world. She is currently working to explore TB transmission in HIV-infected  individuals in Uganda and Brazil. Sara is fluent in both English and Arabic.


Recent Graduates

Kinna Thakarar DO MPH is an attending physician at Maine Medical Center. She is an attending at InterMed and an Affiliated Investigator at the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation at MMC. Her work involves seeing patients in HIV/Hepatitis C clinic, general ID outpatient care, and inpatient consultations at MMC and Mercy hospitals in Portland. She continues to be involved in health services research on ID and addiction issues.
Eirini Iliaki MD is a Clinical Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  She is an attending physician at the Cambridge Health Alliance where she practices infectious disease, hospital medicine and provides care in TB clinic.  She is involved with teaching and curriculum development for the Internal Medicine residency program at Cambridge Health Alliance.
Paula Valencia-Rey MD was the first graduate of the Hospital Epidemiology and Antimicrobial Stewardship Track.  She has returned to Colombia, where she is on the faculty at the Hospital Universitario San Vicente de Paul in Medellin.  Her responsibilities include attending on the HIV-TB ward, infectious disease consultations and outpatient care.  She hopes to continue to be involved with infection control and antimicrobial stewardship, and plans to be active in clinical research.
Jai Marathe, MD is an Instructor in Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine.  She splits her time between providing care at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, a BMC affiliate, and her basic research in the laboratory of Dr. Deborah Anderson studying HIV mucosal immunity.
Dima Kabbani, MD completed a Transplant Infectious Disease Fellowship Training program at the University Health Network of the University of Toronto (UHN/UT). She now works as a clinical assistant in Transplant Infectious Diseases at the site of her training, UHN/UT, where she provides care for immunocompromised patients with infections.
Sina Helbig, MD is an attending physician in infectious diseases at the Institute of Advanced Medicine, a program within the Mount Sinai Health System, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City and has an academic appointment at the medical school. Her primary activities are within the Center for Comprehensive Care, the largest HIV/AIDS treatment center in New York State.
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